SWAT School partnership
Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness has earned the distinction of being named the new statewide SWAT School for the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA).
Owens will serve as the new home for basic and advanced SWAT training, sniper training and various other tactical operations involving law enforcement tactical operators, tactical teams and first responders throughout Ohio as part of the new partnership with OTOA.
Twenty students took the 40-hour course June 11-15. The training offers insight into such areas as SWAT organization and equipment, covert movement in a chemical agent environment, and individual and team movement techniques, as well as chemical agents and less-lethal familiarization, and high risk warrant service. The course also provides hands-on learning through field training exercises.
The curriculum is based on the National Standard set forth through the National Tactical Officers Association and is taught by OTOA and area SWAT instructors.
Among the area police departments participating in the first training school were Lake Township, Walbridge, Pemberville, Northwood, Oregon, Perrysburg Township, Perrysburg City Waterville and Owens police, along with CSX Corp. and several other agencies.
Summer Party benefits scholarships
Members of the Clay High School class of 1969 will hold a Summer Party to raise funds for a scholarship to be presented as a gift from the class.
The party will be held July 28 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, near the clubhouse. Admission is $20 per person, payable at the door, which includes dinner and the opportunity to socialize with friends and classmates. A cash bar will be available.
All of the $20 ticket price will go to the scholarship fund. For information or reservations, contact Mike Searle at 419-481-2118 or
Macomber/Whitney class of 1956 will hold a 56-year reunion July 28 at 4 p.m. at Bayview Yacht Club. Graduates of 1953 through 1959 are also invited to attend. For reservations, call Dave Czajka at 419-385-2292 or 419-699-1532. Reservations are required.
Waite High School class of 1962 will hold a 50-year reunion Sept. 14 and 15 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
For more information, call Rosemary at 419-215-4733 or Bob at 419-878-3540.
Registration is still being accepted for Terra State Community College’s KidsCollege 2012.
The annual academic enrichment program is designed for students entering first through eighth grade. Offerings include classes in creative arts, science, technology, fitness and more. This year, two classes, “Creative Writing” and “Your College Entrance Essay” classes will be offered for teens.
Classes will be offered July 16 through 19. KidsCollege 2012 will come to an end on July 20 with a Fun Fest starring Mr. Gallagher, the Science Guy.
Fees range from $30 to $40. Family discounts are available. Classes are held at the Kern Center, located at 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont. For a complete list of classes, visit www.terra.edu/learning, or call Marsha Thiessen at 419-559-2255.
Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering a free, two-hour seminar, “Small Business Basics,” designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
The seminar will be held June 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Building B, Room 101, at Terra, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter toll-free at 800-826-2431 or email
Harris-Elmore Alumni Banquet
The Harris-Elmore Alumni Banquet was held May 25 at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed.
A total of 220 alumni and guests attended as Vice President Sam Preston welcomed the group and conducted the meeting and awards ceremony.
Those recognized included two teachers, Phyllis Barker and Herb Katko; and siblings Charles, Laura and John Jaeger, along with Ray Durdel, from the class of 1932.
Prizes were awarded to Durdel, as oldest male graduate present; Vera Hille (`42), oldest female graduate present; Joan Sandrock, from Washington state, who traveled the greatest distance to attend; and Marilyn Bloom Mohr (1953), and Claudene Miller Kuhlman (1961), who were celebrating birthdays on the day of the event.
The event closed with the singing of the school song.